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Creative Arts

At New Pastures Primary School the Creative Arts have an important place in our curriculum; we see it as a springboard for creativity and individual expression. Creative Arts activities enrich children’s learning and enable them to communicate their thoughts, ideas and observations in a practical and expressive way. We acknowledge that Art and Design has: shaped our history and will influence our future; contributed to our lives on an individual level; and heavily influenced culture, creativity and wealth of our wider society.

Intent

Our curriculum for the creative arts aims to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to:

  • Produce creative work, exploring existing ideas and their own.

  • Record their experiences.

  • Become proficient in singing, dancing, creating music, drama, drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.

  • Discuss the arts and evaluate the work of both themselves and others in order to develop their vocabulary, expression, creativity, ideas and feelings.

  • Learn about respected artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of different art forms.

Implementation

  • We ensure sufficient time is given to different creative arts in order to enable pupils to meet the expectations set out in the National Curriculum programme of study

  • The creative arts curriculum is coherent and shows progression, ensuring all children access at an age appropriate level.  It allows children: the time needed to take inspiration from fantastic artists and practitioners; develop ideas; explore their feelings; analyse different art forms; and master techniques. In addition to scheduled art sessions, we also have creative arts after school clubs and external visits.

Impact

  • Children improve their mastery of techniques, such as drawing, painting and sculpture with materials. They have an awareness of the work of a range of artists, craftspeople and designers in history, and are able to describe the differences and similarities between different art forms, making links to their own work.

  • Ongoing assessments and monitoring of progression of skills take place throughout the year. Staff use this to inform their future planning and outcomes are reported to parents.

  • Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design using Tapestry and age related expectations are reported to parents at the end of the year.

  • Children learn to work both independently and as part of a group, ensuring skills of resilience and teamwork are promoted.

  • Our children gain confidence in their abilities. They show us that they look around for new ideas, use their imagination and show a willingness to do new things. Feedback given from performances given and displays are very complimentary